Garam Masala Spice Mix Recipe

Garam Masala Spice Mix Recipe Recipe

Garam Masala is often used in Indian cooking. It's a blend of several Indian spices like cumin, cinnamon and turmeric. It takes a little time but it's so worth it. The result is so much more fragrant than the store-bought jars. It is used in a variety of Indian dishes, such as Tandoori chicken, palak paneer, dahls (lentils) and my Tandoori glazed roasted white seabass.

Masala in Urdu means "paste" and garam means "hot", and oh boy, believe me, it's full of spices!


Yields: 1 small jar

4 cloves
3-½ tablespoons black peppercorns
2 tablespoons cardamom seeds, pod shells removed
6 tablespoons cumin seeds
2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half


In a wok, over high heat, dry roast and constantly stir cloves, black peppercorns, cardamom seeds, cumin seeds and cinnamon sticks. Remove the wok from the stove.

Place the spice mix in a grinder (I use a coffee grinder that I use exclusively for my spices), it should be finely ground. Sift through a strainer. Set aside until cool.

Fill in an airtight metal tin. Store in a cool, dark, dry area for up to 6 months (don't forget to label your food with the date). We make so much Indian food though, that we have to prepare a batch of garam masala once every week!

Garam Masala


This spice mix is very inexpensive if you buy all the spices at an Indian store. It can cost a lot more if you buy it at Safeway or Whole Foods.

Chiles are not in the authentic garam masala. It's just the way I prepare our spice mix, sometimes. If you want to make authentic garam masala, stick to the main ingredients such as cardamamom, black pepper, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and cloves.

If you like Indian cuisine with a fusion twist, check out my Indian curry pot pie.

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on June 11, 2009.


[-] Thank you! - Guest-Jenofa2eatwrite
I've always wondered how to put this together. Fascinating article and gorgeous photography!

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[ Posted at 4:23 AM on 6/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] Garam Masala Spice Mix Recipe - Guest-RobinSue
This is a great recipe. My friend makes this for me- two versions, one hot, one not. But maybe I should learn how to make my own! Fresh Bayleaf? Lucky you!

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[ Posted at 6:12 AM on 6/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] Garam Masala Spice Mix Recipe - Guest-Natasha5StarFoodie
Wonderful homemade spice mix! I love your photography - beautiful!

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[ Posted at 6:17 AM on 6/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] Love your blog - Guest-Nicki
I think it's awesome that you combine Indian and Asian cuisine.

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[ Posted at 6:24 AM on 6/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] Garam Masala Spice Mix Recipe - Guest-HollyTheHealthyEverythin
That spice mix looks divine!

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[ Posted at 6:43 AM on 6/11/09 | Reply ]
I love garam masala,...Making it yourself is so much better!!

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[ Posted at 8:57 AM on 6/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] OMG - Guest-JessicaFoodmayhem
Those spice pics are so amazing. They look like ads!

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[ Posted at 9:44 AM on 6/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] Spices my weakness! - Guest-foodcreate
I have sooooo many spices that I cook with...touching,feeling,sniffing,savoring the spices.There hundreds of tastes and flavors. This is a wonderful post.
Thanks for sharing your spices!
Thank you for lovely comments1. Keep in touch.

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[ Posted at 1:05 PM on 6/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] Foodie with Little Thyme! - Guest-cassie
Great pictures. I love the tip too.

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[ Posted at 7:27 PM on 6/11/09 | Reply ]
I've always bought garam masala pre-mixed - I can't believe how many ingredients go into it! Love your pictures :)

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[ Posted at 7:52 PM on 6/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] Anne in Oxfordshire - Guest-anne
Hi jackie, thanks for your lovely comment, How did you find me, glad you did though, just having a look at your lovely recipes. :-)

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[ Posted at 12:34 PM on 6/12/09 | Reply ]
All these spices look beautiful and I'm sure taste amazing together!

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[ Posted at 9:20 AM on 6/14/09 | Reply ]
what a gorgeous display of those awesome herbs, seeds, and spices! although it's a pretty lengthy list of ingredients, i can state with certainty that the final product is something unique, delicious, and not to be missed!

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[ Posted at 6:48 AM on 6/15/09 | Reply ]
[-] Taste Buddies - Guest-Syrie
Wow - thanks for the recipe. I use garam masala all the time but I wasn't aware exactly of its ingredients. This is fantastic. Thanks!

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[ Posted at 3:23 AM on 6/17/09 | Reply ]
[-] chole masala - Guest-vishal
This is making me hungry and I am sure it will cure my cold too

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[ Posted at 3:34 AM on 1/27/11 | Reply ]
[-] Get well soon - Jackie
I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Hope the spices will help you feel better.
[ Posted at 1:46 PM on 1/27/11 | Reply ]
I ate masala dishes a few times and wondered what the make of it. Now thank you very much for your post and also for all the great vegetarian recipes with all your great pictures! My family now can begin enjoy more vegie dishes.
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[-] Garam Masala Spice Mix Recipe - Guest-Wendy494
What a great site! Will visit often!
[ Posted at 7:41 AM on 12/20/13 | Reply ]
[-] Ms. - Guest-Lylah
If you’re having a tough time finding a good garam masala for this recipe, I used RawSpiceBar’s freshly ground garam masala spice blend and it was wonderful in this dish.

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[ Posted at 3:30 PM on 9/18/15 | Reply ]

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